CONACRY (Guinea) – The match between Guinea and Morocco has been missed, valid for the qualifications for the next World Championships in Qatar 2022 and originally scheduled for tomorrow (Monday 6 September) at 6 pm In Conacry, in fact, an attempt is currently underway to coup d’etat, with an armed group that has stormed the presidential palace in which the premier of the African country, Alpha Condé, now in his third term, resides. According to reports from an official of the Moroccan football association, Mohamed Makrouf, the members of the national team to the AFP agency “they are safe and are currently in a hotel away from the center of the fighting“. The federation”he’s working on evacuating the team today. There is already a plane at the airport“, he added.
Guinea-Morocco postponed: the FIFA press release
“The current political and security situation in Guinea is rather unstable and is closely monitored by FIFA and the CAF. To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the qualifying match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Guinea-Morocco, which was to be hosted in Conakry, in Guinea, Monday 6th September. Information on rescheduling will be made available at a later date“, reads the official FIFA website.
The coup attempt in Guinea
The chaos broke out in the morning. Army special forces arrested 83-year-old head of state Alpha Condé, re-elected for the third time – amid a thousand controversies – last year. Colonel Mamady Doumbouya gave a speech to the nation on RTG (the country’s first TV network), with the flag behind him, a red cap on his head and a camouflage suit on: dissolved government, suspended Constitution and creation of a junta (CNRD, acronym for National Committee for Recovery and Development). The military promised “respect for popular sovereignty and the launch of an inclusive dialogue aimed at drafting a new Charter“.
Guinea-Morocco, fear for the “Italians”
Stuck in Guinea, it was said, is the Moroccan national team, fresh from the victory against Sudan. At the disposal of the coach Halihodzic there are numerous players who play in Europe, from the Sevilla trio Bounou, En-Nesyri and Munir to the former Inter Hakimi, now with PSG, passing through Taarabt (in A with Milan and Genoa), Masina (raised in Bologna and 2 appearances with the Italian Under 21 team) and the “Italians” Amrabat and Maleh (at the first call-up), both of Fiorentina. Among the ranks of the hosts, however, the Roma player Diawara and Naby Keita of Liverpool. Pending the decision of FIFA, the Moroccan delegation has organized a private flight so that the entire group can return to Rabat.
Morocco restarts, Hakimi’s announcement
“We are in the hotel, we hear gunshots nearby all day. We are waiting for the permit to go to the airport, for the moment we are blocked. A plane is waiting for us, but we are not allowed to leave. And to get to the airport it takes 45 minutes, an hour. When gunshots are heard outside, safety is not 100% guaranteed. The players are not reassured, the concern is there, for sure. The Moroccan authorities, including His Majesty, are very busy helping us“. According to L’Equipe, these were the words of the Morocco coach Vahid Halihodzic shortly before the entire group of the Maghrebi national team was taken to the airport. Confirmation comes from one Hakimi’s Instagram story, sitting comfortably aboard a Royal Air Maroc aircraft: “We take off“.